All You need to know about Trailing Jade

Trailing Jade is the common name for the succulent plant, also known as the “dwarf jade” or “miniature jade” with the scientific name of Portulacaria afra. It is native to South Africa and is often grown as a houseplant or in outdoor gardens.

The plant has small, glossy, green leaves that are rounded and fleshy. The leaves are about 0.5 to 1 inch long and grow on thin, trailing stems that can reach up to 4 feet in length. Trailing Jade is a slow-growing succulent and can be easily pruned to maintain its shape and size.

How to grow and take care of Trailing Jade?

Trailing Jade (also known as “String of Buttons” or “Banana Plant”) is a type of succulent that is easy to grow and maintain. Here are some tips on how to grow and take care of Trailing Jade:

  1. Soil: Use well-draining soil, such as a cactus mix, to plant your Trailing Jade. The soil should be slightly moist but not wet.
  2. Watering: Water your Trailing Jade only when the soil is dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot. When you water, make sure to water thoroughly, allowing the excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot.
  3. Light: Trailing Jade prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.
  4. Temperature: Trailing Jade is a warm-weather plant and prefers temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C).
  5. Fertilizer: Fertilize your Trailing Jade once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the dormant season (fall and winter).
  6. Pruning: Trailing Jade can be pruned to control its growth and shape. Use clean, sharp scissors to cut back any overgrown or leggy stems. The cuttings can be rooted to propagate new plants.
  7. Propagation: Trailing Jade can be propagated by stem cuttings. Cut a stem with a few leaves and let it dry for a few days. Then, plant the stem in well-draining soil and water sparingly until it roots.

By following these tips, you can successfully grow and care for your Trailing Jade.

What is the lifespan of Trailing Jade succulent?

Trailing Jade (Curio radicans), like other succulents, can live for many years if cared for properly. With the right conditions, it is not uncommon for Trailing Jade to live for up to 10 years or more. However, the lifespan of a Trailing Jade plant can be influenced by several factors, including the quality of care it receives, environmental conditions, and the age of the plant when it was purchased or propagated.

As with any living organism, there is no guarantee of a specific lifespan, and individual Trailing Jade plants may live for shorter or longer periods of time depending on the specific circumstances. However, by providing your Trailing Jade with the proper care and attention, you can help it thrive and reach its full potential lifespan.

How to water it?

When it comes to watering Trailing Jade, it’s important to remember that this succulent is adapted to survive in dry conditions and is susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Here are some tips on how to water Trailing Jade:

  1. Wait until the soil is dry: Before watering your Trailing Jade, check the soil moisture level by sticking your finger into the soil about an inch or so. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water.
  2. Water thoroughly: When you water, water deeply and slowly, allowing the water to penetrate the soil and reach the roots. Make sure to water until water runs out the bottom of the pot, and then empty the saucer to prevent the plant from sitting in standing water.
  3. Avoid getting water on the leaves: Trailing Jade can be susceptible to fungal diseases if the leaves get wet, so it’s best to water the soil directly and avoid getting water on the leaves.
  4. Adjust watering frequency based on the season: Trailing Jade needs less water during the winter when it enters its dormant period, so reduce the frequency of watering during this time.
  5. Observe the plant: Always observe your plant to determine when it needs water. If the leaves start to look wrinkled or the stems start to shrink, it may be a sign that the plant is not getting enough water.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your Trailing Jade gets the right amount of water it needs to thrive.

How to prune it?

Pruning Trailing Jade is a simple process that can help control the plant’s growth, improve its appearance, and encourage new growth. Here are the steps for pruning Trailing Jade:

  1. Identify the stems to prune: Look for stems that are overgrown or have become leggy. These stems may have fewer leaves or may be longer than the other stems.
  2. Use sharp, clean scissors or pruning shears: It’s important to use clean, sharp tools to avoid damaging the plant or introducing diseases. Sterilize your pruning shears with rubbing alcohol or a mixture of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water before use.
  3. Cut the stems back: Cut the selected stems back to just above a leaf node or a joint where the leaves meet the stem. Make the cut at a slight angle to promote healing and reduce the risk of disease.
  4. Allow the cuttings to dry: After pruning, allow the cuttings to dry for a day or two to prevent rotting before planting them to propagate new plants.
  5. Dispose of the cuttings: You can dispose of the cuttings or use them to propagate new plants by planting them in well-draining soil and watering sparingly until they take root.

By following these steps, you can prune your Trailing Jade to control its growth and encourage new growth, helping it stay healthy and vibrant.

How big does the Trailing Jade grow?

Trailing Jade (Curio radicans) is a fast-growing succulent that can reach a length of up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) when fully mature, depending on growing conditions. The plant’s stem can be quite thin, and it produces long, narrow leaves that are green, gray-green, or blue-green in color. The leaves can be up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and have a rounded or button-like shape, which gives rise to the plant’s common name “String of Buttons”.

Trailing Jade is a trailing plant, which means it can drape over the edge of a container or hanging basket. This makes it a popular choice for use in hanging baskets or as a ground cover in outdoor gardens. With proper care, Trailing Jade can grow quite vigorously and cover a significant amount of space, making it a striking addition to any collection of succulents.

Which soil is the best for growing it?

Trailing Jade (Curio radicans) requires well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. A good soil mix for Trailing Jade should be loose and well-draining, allowing excess water to drain away from the roots. Here are some tips on soil for Trailing Jade:

  1. Use a commercial cactus or succulent soil mix: These soil mixes are formulated to provide excellent drainage and are well-suited for succulents like Trailing Jade.
  2. Add perlite or coarse sand: You can add perlite or coarse sand to the soil mix to improve drainage and prevent waterlogging.
  3. Avoid heavy or dense soils: Soils that are heavy or dense can retain too much moisture and cause the roots to rot.
  4. Consider adding organic matter: Adding organic matter, such as compost, can help improve the soil’s structure and provide essential nutrients for the plant.
  5. Avoid using garden soil: Garden soil can be too dense and may contain pathogens or other contaminants that can harm your Trailing Jade.

Remember to repot your Trailing Jade every two to three years to refresh the soil and ensure that it has enough space to grow. By providing the right soil, you can help your Trailing Jade thrive and grow into a healthy, beautiful plant.

Where can I buy it?

Trailing Jade (Curio radicans) is a popular succulent and can be purchased from a variety of places, both in-person and online. Here are some options for where to buy Trailing Jade:

  1. Local plant nurseries: Check with your local plant nursery or garden center to see if they carry Trailing Jade. Local nurseries can be a great source for healthy plants and advice on caring for them.
  2. Online plant retailers: Many online retailers sell Trailing Jade and can ship plants directly to your door. Make sure to choose a reputable retailer with good reviews to ensure that you receive healthy plants.
  3. Etsy: Etsy is a popular online marketplace that features many small businesses and independent sellers that offer a wide variety of plants, including Trailing Jade.
  4. Social media plant groups: Joining social media groups or forums focused on plants can be a great way to connect with other plant enthusiasts and find plants for sale. Many members of these groups sell plants, including Trailing Jade, and can provide helpful advice on caring for your plants.

No matter where you choose to buy your Trailing Jade, make sure to inspect the plant carefully for signs of pests, disease, or damage. Choose a healthy, vibrant plant with firm stems and leaves and make sure to give it the care it needs to thrive.


  • Trailing Jade, also known as Curio radicans, is a trailing succulent that is native to South Africa.
  • It is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 6 feet in length when fully mature.
  • Trailing Jade requires well-draining soil, bright light, and infrequent watering to thrive.
  • Watering should be done only when the top inch of soil is dry, and excess water should be allowed to drain away from the plant.
  • Trailing Jade can be propagated through stem cuttings, and pruning can help control its growth and encourage new growth.
  • Trailing Jade can be purchased from local nurseries, online plant retailers, Etsy, or social media plant groups. When buying, choose a healthy, vibrant plant with firm stems and leaves.
  • The lifespan of Trailing Jade is typically several years, with proper care.

I hope this summary helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

Have a nice day!

Ari Iniesta

Ari Iniesta

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Hello fellow succulent enthusiast! My name is Ari Iniesta, and I'm a succulent enthusiast. I was born and raised in a small town in southern Spain, where the warm climate and dry conditions allowed me to develop a love for plants that are able to thrive in harsh environments. As I got older, my interest in succulents only grew stronger. I began to study horticulture and botany, and I even started my own collection of rare and exotic succulents from around the world.

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